South Sudan, African exploitation and disaster capitalism





Dear all,

Our media is saturated with war. Iraq, Syria, Afghanistan and Yemen are constantly before our eyes and yet how often are we getting accurate, on the ground reporting? The level of danger is so high that few journalists are (understandably) willing to take the risks and get beyond the government and military spin.

It’s why independent, unembedded reporting is so vital. One of the finest stories I’ve recently read is in Rolling Stone by Matthieu Aikins and photographer Sebastiano Tomada who travelled around Yemen to paint an apocalyptic scene. Airwars is another essential read, independent researchers and journalists documenting the civilian toll of US-led air strikes against ISIS in Iraq and Syria.

My work this month:

Guardian report + photos from Bentiu, South Sudan, the largest and grimmest internally displaced person’s camp in the country with over 100,000 people.

Foreign Policy feature on Bentiu, the humanitarian crisis in South Sudan and global complicity.

My photos from Bentiu.

– Over the last months I’ve been investigating the reality of African migrants kicked out of Israel and ending up back in Africa (for the Guardian and The National). Here’s along Interview with an African migrant locked up in an Israeli detention centre.

Analysis in Al Jazeera English on South Sudan’s 4th independence anniversary.

Analysis in Le Monde Diplomatique English on South Sudan.

Interview in The Jerusalem Report (part of The Jerusalem Post) on my support for the boycott, divestment and sanctions (BDS) campaign against Israel.

– My new book, Disaster Capitalism: Making A Killing Out Of Catastrophe, is out with Verso Books globally in September and features original reporting from Afghanistan, Pakistan, Haiti, Papua New Guinea, Greece, Britain, America and Australia. Public events, media, reviews and many more details coming soon.

Guardian story on Australian and foreign mining companies operating in some of Africa’s most repressive states (+ more on bringing accountability for these human rights abuses). The CEO of an Australian company operating in Eritrea, one of the most autocratic nations in the world, responds to my story.

Guardian column on Australia’s secretive war against ISIS.

My images from South Sudan and photos and videos on Instagram.

Radio New Zealand interview on British multinational Serco and its lack of accountability.

Australian literary journal Meanjin essay on “Failing States” such as South Sudan and Palestine.

Review in The Sydney Morning Herald/Melbourne Age of the first memoir by Israeli writer Etgar Keret.

Investigation in Australian publication New Matilda on the growing global movement towards land grabbing in developing nations.

Signed statement in support of an asylum seeker in Australia facing deportation to Afghanistan.

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Thanks for reading.

Until next time,


Antony Loewenstein
Independent freelance journalist, Guardian columnist and author

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